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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Curtain Panels Equals One Medieval Outfit on: August 17, 2009 11:15:25 AM
Hello! I made this medieval outfit recently from two curtain panels I purchased at a thrift store!

My original plans for this outfit had to be altered throughout the construction phase. First, I intended to use the cream striped panel as the main fabric for the corset style top. I soon realized that this wouldnt work. The cream panel is, in fact, a shower curtain! It has a rubber-like backing on the wrong side that wont press cleanly. Plan two was to use green linen from my stash for the main fabric. The linen, while lovely, just didnt go well with the floral fabric that was intended for the skirt. So, the green linen became the lining fabric. At first, I was against using the floral curtain for the main fabric, but now that the whole outfit is completed, I love the look!

Anyway, I used Simplicity 5582 for the corset top and white blouse. I ended up following the pattern directions exactly for View A. These garments came together fairly quickly (once I settled in at my sewing machine and stayed focused, that is!). The skirt was not made using a pattern. I simply measured my waist and doubled that measurement for the width of the rectangular skirt panels. I also measured the length I wanted for the skirt and added two inches. One inch would serve for any straightening up that I needed to do, while the other inch would be folded over to create the elastic waist casing. The nice thing about the curtain panels is that the hem was already finished! The back of the skirt is one panel, while the front has three panels joined together. I absolutely had to add the shower curtain in the middle of the skirt front for some flair.

Im glad that I made this outfit. I learned how to apply eyelets (not hard at all!) and used the new-to-me technique of sewing elastic into the middle of a sleeve using single fold bias tape as a casing (so nice and professional looking!).

You can read more about it at my blog. =)
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Amy Butler Quilt on: February 02, 2009 03:37:16 AM

I finished this lap-sized quilt last week.  It's the second quilt that I have made, but the first that I have made for myself!  I used various Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabrics from my stash.  The design inspiration came from Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing Lap Quilt project.  I daresay I'm addicted to quilting...especially these strip-pieced quilts.  So easy and fun to put together!

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